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Cast of "A Bigger Splash" talk about refugees, challenges and singing and dancing

Monday, September 07, 2015 - 01:53

Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson and Matthias Schoenaerts talk about the themes and the making of Italian director Luca Guadagnino's ''A Bigger Splash'', which is screening at the 72nd Venice Film Festival. Rough Cut - no reporter narration.

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(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: "A Bigger Splash", Italian director Luca Guadagnino's remake of the 1969 French film "La Piscine" (The Swimming Pool) about a vicious love triangle set on the Cote d'Azur, transfers the action to the Italian Mediterranean island of Pantelleria. The wave of migrants and refugees landing in Europe or dying in the attempt has not hit the Lido where the 72nd edition of the Venice Film Festival is underway, but it is coming up in the films being shown and in the discussions about them. "A Bigger Splash" has a subplot involving people who have come ashore on Pantelleria. The film incorporates flashes of information from television broadcasts about refugees and immigrants landing on Lampedusa. Fiennes said the current situation was very different from a year ago when they shot the film on the southern Italian island, which lies some 60 kilometres from the coast of Tunisia. Speaking to Reuters a day after the film's world premiere in Venice, Swinton, who was directed by Guadagnino in "I Am Love" (2009), described "A Bigger Splash" as a simple tale about getting over a finished relationship. The film is one of 21 movies competing for the Golden Lion prize at the 72nd Venice Film Festival. The Venice Film Festival runs through Saturday (September 12).

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Cast of "A Bigger Splash" talk about refugees, challenges and singing and dancing

Monday, September 07, 2015 - 01:53